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Daily Santorum: Thanks, Arlen

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Much of today's Daily Santorum concerns Pennsylvania and, of course, the Netherlands. But first: is Sir Rick limping into Michigan, after pushing most of his chips there?

Nate Silver's poll model has Mitt Romney ahead again in his home state (the only home state, Gail Collins reminds, where he does not actually have a home, unlike Mass., N.H., and California. At least Santorum, a Virginia resident, only has one other place off a pothole-ridden road in Penn Hills.)

He's getting ganged up on by the GOP media establishment and his ability to talk confidently about federal issues -- due to his many years on Capitol Hill -- is backfiring a bit with earmarks-wary tea partiers. His surge in Arizona is counterbalanced by the fact that many vote early by mail there, before he started doing well in polls.

But at least he's got good ol' Keystone State right? He leads Romney 45-16% in his home state according to the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. And he's got a lot of great friends in Pa, including . . . longtime fellow Senator Arlen Specter.

Romney has been clubbing Santorum over his support of Specter over challenger Pat Toomey in 2004, and Specter has been making it no easier. While Santorum his support was based on getting Specter's vote for Supreme Court picks, Specter is denying that (as he did in 2010), and all together acting very Specter-like -- for a guy so attuned to perceived slights (like this one involving Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl) he is turning on a guy who stuck his neck out for him in 2004, and saying he is too extreme to be president. From Politico:

“Where you have Senator Santorum’s views, so far to the right, with his attitude on women in the workplace and gays and the bestiality comments and birth control, I do not think it is realistic for Rick Santorum to represent America,” Specter said on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.”

Geez. Maybe when this is all over it's time for nice vacation. Just not in the Netherlands. The Dutch are in an uproar over Santorum's (untrue) comments to James Dobson about forced euthanasia accounting for 5 percent of deaths there. Makes one wonder if he's said anything else that might make people angry.
Moving forward: the Santorum camp looks to be trying to change the conversation in the last few days before Michigan by releasing his agenda for his first 100 days in office. It'll be buried somewhat at 8 p.m. tonight, but comes on the same day Romney gives a big economic speech at Ford Field in Detroit. The campaign also released a new Michigan ad (above), and we have the text below.
Voice Over:
Who's on the side of Michigan workers?

Not Romney...he supported the Wall Street bailouts, while turning his back on Michigan workers.

But Rick Santorum's made in the USA plan changes everything. It cuts taxes for Michigan manufacturers to zero, so we can bring back American jobs from overseas.

It also cuts taxes for all workers, and cuts 5 trillion in spending over 5 years, balancing the federal budget.

Rick Santorum, he's fighting for us.

Rick Santorum:
I'm Rick Santorum, and I approve this message.

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